Mountain Top Party Line | April 23, 2019

By Ivalien Reynolds

We had lots of rain again. The sunshine sure did look good and I got out in it all I could.

I was saddened to hear of the death of two special ladies that I knew on the mountain. Faye Hill was a florist and made beautiful flower arrangements. Charlene Belcher was kind and very friendly with a beautiful smile. My love and sympathy to the families.

It was a wonderful day when I got to go to Wildwood Acres Vineyard store and one of the largest daylily gardens in Virginia. They had live gospel music with different groups including the Southern Prophets. Sue Nester was there and was the perfect hostess.

The Southern Prophets sung from their hearts, Denny and Marilyn would have been proud. I got to see quite a few people that I knew. Thanks to Mike and Sue Hall for taking me.

So sorry to hear of the death of Betty Handy Goins. She was another special top of the mountain lady. My love and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.

The hummingbirds are here. A ruby throat one came on the porch and stopped in front of my face. I was glad I had put a feeder out. The azaleas are in bloom so they have flowers to get nectar from. Also, there are lots of butterflies arriving of different colors. God’s little creatures are a joy aren’t they?

The soup kitchen cooked up some really good baked beans. They also had pintos and soup, corn bread muffins, and some of that delicious bread homemade by Kim Redd.

Please keep Mrs. Athayeau Martin in your prayers. She is in a North Carolina hospital.

I was so excited to get a package from Beverly Woody with a lot of photos of a wonderful lady that I knew, Miss Flora Beatrice Farnham. She was an artist and moved to Meadows of Dan. She bought a calf from dad once. She was a great artist and did art over the world in windows. Her home in Meadows of Dan is filled with her artwork and it’s in churches worldwide. “Miss Bee,” as I fondly called her, passed away at the age of 103. She is buried in Mountain View Methodist Church Cemetery. Thanks to Beverly Woody for all the wonderful photos.


Food For Thought – no change endures unless it is accompanied by a change of heart.


Raisin Bran Cookies

1 cup Raisin Bran

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets. 2. In a large bowl, combine the Raisin Bran, sugar, and apples. Stir in the vanilla extract and mix well. 3. Drop the dough by spoonfuls one inch apart onto prepared baking sheets. 4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly colored. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Yield 3 to 5 dozen.

From 1001 Cookie Recipes by Gregg R. Gillespie

Hint- The author of the cookie cookbook says if you find yourself without a baking sheet, bake cookies on an upside down baking pan.



Pictured – my grandfather James Albert Hylton (My dad’s father). I didn’t get to know him. People always told me what a good banjo player he was. Sadly he passed away at a very young age. Grandma told me a lot of good things about him and I remember she always called him “The Children’s Papa.” I wish I could have known him.


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